WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fresh off victory on President Obama's signature $787 billion economic recovery plan, several top White House aides say they're planning an ambitious agenda for the rest of February.
The Senate had waited for the return of Democrat Sherrod Brown, who was returning from his mother's wake in his home state of Ohio, to close the voting late Friday.
For the rest of the month, the White House agenda will focus on addressing the housing crisis, cleaning up the banking mess and laying the groundwork for reform of the health care system and entitlement programs like Medicare.
Obama's economic stimulus plan, which top aides say will be signed into law as early as Monday at the White House, received no Republican votes in the House and just three in the Senate despite his heavy emphasis on drawing bipartisan support. There have also been several Cabinet miscues in the early days, but top White House aides are confident the president has gotten off to a strong start.
So now that he has his pork barrel pkg which will all but destroy our country – what's next – our freedoms?
The end of our country!
It is great that for a change we have a president who is working to make things better for Americans rather than trying to scare us with stories of boogie-men in turbans who want to blow up our homes.
We know how to protect ourselves from invaders – we need help to protect ourselves from ourselves. This is where Obama stands head-and-shoulders above the last president.
What a bunch of lies! The GOP is not for smaller budgets, just smaller government. What that means is fewer government programs to level the playing field and more no bid government contracts for companies the GOP likes.
Not a single GOP vote in congress for the stimulus bill is obscene. Throw all the partisans out.
White house aides must be Obama's wife! She has got too be the only one that thinks this guy actually has done something right . Oh and maybe his White House gov. funded live-in in-law and daughters.
O is totally surrounded by YES PEOPLE so it is not surprising that they are not affected by what he says and then does something far different. This stimulus will only stimulate State Governments who have spent 46 out of 50 into billion dollar debts.
O as he said in Florida this week is only running for reelection from now on. This is clear that change is only THE STATUS QUO.
i have thought, how about those states with a rep. senator who did not vote for the stimulus plan to not receive any monies. then lets see who they vote for in 2 years.
Its "time" now for everyone to just settle down, sit back and wait..this bill might work after all, and then even the whiny, republicans would benifit too..if not, as Obama said himself, you can vote in a different president ! my votes and opinions are that President Obama WILL make it work..
So, when do I get MY handout? I want my money.
2010 is next year. Some of those republicans are up for re-election.
I'll work to help campaign AGAINST every representative and senator that voted NO, and a bunch of my fellow dems and independents will too.
Maybe no money should go to the state or district of the ones voting no---------
Thank for the democrat
all because GOP goons put themselves and their prohibitionist party before their country.....
Obama is on the road to a Socialistic Government. The government control of banks, education health, housing and businesses. Those who seek government hand out beware!
I was a big support of Obama during the election and feel like the attempt to "call" is presidency only a few weeks into his term is as ridiculous as the media’s compulsion to call the elections before the votes were counted.
The more important story here, one the media is missing, is that whether you are a supporter of the President or not ,you have to acknowledge that there is someone actually on duty at the White House.
THAT”S A CHANGE
BEST SOME ONE TAKE OVER HIS SPEECH WRITING. FOR 2 YEARS WE HAVE HEARD THE SAME THING. STIMULUS AN CHANGE.
SO WHY ALL THIS FLYING AROUND . IS HE DOING THIS IN A GLIDER ? TO HIM THE COST IS LIKE A GLIDER. EXCEPT NO SMOKING ROOM AN A COOLER FOR HIS BUD LITE.
THE COST OF ONE OF HIS , SOS . WOULD HELP SOME PARTIES THAT ARE IN DIRE NEED OF A PLACE TO SLEEP , FROM THE STORM OF IKE. BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT IS NOT ON THERE MINDS AT ALL, FOR THEY STATED SO RIGHT AFTER THE STORM.
FIRST WE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE. FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS NOT A BED OF ROSES. NOW HE IS SELLING OUT WHAT IS LEFT OF AMERICA'S DREAM . A FIFTH GRADER CAN COUNT , BETTER THAN SOME OF THE BLURRIE EYED DEMOCRATS.
WE ARE BROKE, THANKS TO CHINA FOR THE 10.8 TRILLION , AND NOW ANOTHER 2 TRILLION . DON'T THEY KNOW THAT HAS TO BE REPAID ??? UHH
Goodbye, USA; hello European socialism run by a Marxist.
I think it's an absolute disgrace that not one of those selfish republicans leaders had the good grace to vote in favor of supporting the country in order for Sherrod Brown not to have to leave his mother's wake in order to cast his vote. Absolutely shameful and disloyal republicans like these should all be voted out of office. Sometimes you have to forget your self and think of others, you are suppose to be working for the country not going on TV throwing tantrums and putting on drama acts, although I have to admit a couple of them were funny this is no laughing matter.
And for the record guys, we wrote down names, states, districts, etc. And one last thing...our friends from those states are gonna advise us what they have or don't have, so if you opened your mouth already, chances are we already got you down..
Why are conservatives nagging. It was their King George that borrowed from China and went to beg the Sultan for more production.
Godspeed, Mr. President! That's what we ELECTED you to DO!
Challenge to the Far Reich (sic): DEFINE socialism. You haven't a CLUE what you're talking about.
Republicans are the best proof to date of Darwin's theories ... they are an evolutionary "dead end," and will become extinct shortly UNLESS they EVOLVE into something USEFUL to SERVE the Body Politic.
To all conservatives, luckily there is treatment for you.
Psychotherapy is usually the most effective help in person suffering from delusional disorder. The overriding important factor in this therapy is the quality of the patient/therapist
To Harriett – that is just about a stupid comment as I have heard for a long time. The idiots that voted for this piece of destruction didn't even read it. This pork filled piece of destruction will only destroy our country! The ones who did not vote for something that they did not have time to read should be given a medal! At least they did their best to save our country!
To JP Michigan
YOU can thank W for it! W treated the wars and economy, the same way he treated Katrina. The results were disastrous and Obie had to clean up this 20 trillion mess. The problem is there's too much greed and it had not been controlled for the past 8 years.
What pork? W left us with 5 trillion dollars in debt and an economy parked by the gates of hell. If Obie doesnt do anything, we're as good or worst than a 3rd world country.
Nobody wants to take over private industries, when they start acting like reckless, irrepsonsible insane crooks, it's time to bring in the nuns and the whips.
At last a president who is flexible even if the republicans are not. We don't need more tax breaks for the rich. They already gave themselves bonuses.